Two & Out

By: James Peters

Don't blame the calendar for spate of celebrity deaths

December 30, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — When George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died this week, it all got to be a little much.

This agonizing, this exaggerated lamentation that has reached a fever pitch, with one target in the crosshairs - 2016.

The year, 2016, anthropomorphized as the serial killer taking all of our most beloved celebrities.

Social media users directed all manner of insults and profanity toward their calendars.

They noticed a seemingly unending list of celebrity deaths, and sought to place blame where no blame is warranted.

Where were the massive Trans Mountain protests we were promised?

December 23, 2016 - 5:00am Updated: December 23, 2016 - 8:09am

KAMLOOPS — When Prime Minister Trudeau came to Vancouver this week to sell the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, did you see the crowds of protesters following him? Did you see the phalanx of angry environmentalists greeting him outside of every media outlet, demanding he reverse his government's decision to approve the expansion? Did you see the scores of First Nations demonstrators accusing Trudeau of betraying them?

No you didn't, because that didn't happen.

What's the plan for Stuart Wood, Daily News building?

December 16, 2016 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — They say if you aren't moving forward, the world is passing you by, and it's never been more obvious than in the Kamloops downtown this year.

Nearly two years ago, the city put forward a plan that would have seen tens of millions of dollars in grants and private donations coupled with public funding to build a performing arts centre and parking garage on the site of the Kamloops Daily News building.

It has been more than a year since the voters of Kamloops rejected that plan.

Post-presidential election, some new outlets for online rage

November 18, 2016 - 4:57pm

KAMLOOPS — We've settled in now, haven't we?

We've all come to grips that Donald Trump is the next President of the United States?

We've accepted that, for about 50 million Americans, the fact that their head of state is a mysoginistic tyrant backed by white supremacists is not a deal breaker.

Because that is all part of our reality now, we need other avenues to channel our online rage.

After all, what is social media but an outlet for the constant vitriol that bubbles just underneath the surface for all of us?

Here are a couple of worthy subjects.